The Canadian government has announced crucial amendments to its contentious immigrant medical inadmissibility rules. This is anticipated to significantly decrease the rate of refusals for immigrant applicants.
The amendments to immigrant medical inadmissibility clause stop short of Citizenship and Immigration Parliament Standing Committee recommendations. It had recommended eliminating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Section 38-1(C). This section bans any individual who can be sensibly anticipated to cause an excess demand on social or health services.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has agreed to the demands for repealing the policy. It has said that it will initiate measures for the repealing at a later date. As of now, it has increased thrice the threshold for assessing excessive demand, as quoted by the CIC News.
The threshold cost for an excessive demand was 6, 655$ annually in 2017. Based on the latest amendment to the policy, the cost will now be 19, 965 $ annually. IRCC said that the amendment will successfully take care of most of the current cases of medical inadmissibility in Canada.
IRCC further elaborated that it is altering the definition of social services. The references to personnel support services, vocational and social rehabilitation services, and social education will be removed. Amongst the other beneficiaries of the amendments include applicants with hearing and visual impairments.
It has been revealed by IRCC that roughly 1,000 applicants of Canada PR or provisional visas are declared inadmissible on medical grounds annually. This is 0.2% of the total applicants that undergo screening for medical. The savings from this policy amounts to 0.1% of the total spending for public cheat in Canada. The earlier criterions were incoherent with the modern approach to people with disabilities, said IRCC.
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